Reported Achraf Hakimi to Chelsea plan takes away Liverpool advantage
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Reported Achraf Hakimi to Chelsea plan takes away Liverpool advantage

Chelsea reportedly want Achraf Hakimi and that might hurt Liverpool’s plans. Some big money is being splashed about here.

Gazzetta Dello Sport claims Liverpool want Nicolo Barella. For good reason, too – he’s a magnificent player. On top of that, the Reds could really use a new midfielder as Gini Wijnaldum prepares to leave the club.

The report says Liverpool are one of several clubs to start a dialogue with Inter over Barella. Bayern Munich, one of the other clubs, could pay around £60m, apparently.

This wouldn’t be a cheap transfer, then. Nor should it be.

Barella has established himself as one of the world’s best midfielders over the last 12 months. He played a key role in Inter winning Serie A, earning high praise from all quarters.

“[Antonio] Conte has in his team one of the best three midfielders in Europe, Nicolò Barella – without a doubt,” Fabio Capello told Sky Italia.

“He has speed, vision, when he crosses the ball on the right he always puts it right, when he passes the ball it always arrives right.”

Now, Conte no longer has Barella in his team, of course. The manager left Inter after the season and is currently without a club.

Why did he do that? Because Inter are struggling for cash, per the Guardian. Conte wanted to use the title win to grow the team further, inevitably challenging for the Champions League.

Instead, Inter want to raise around £70m in profit from player sales this summer. They’re going to go backwards.

That stance hands teams a chance and it’s no surprise that clubs immediately asked about Barella. They want £70m? Well here’s £60m for one player – that’s always going to tempt them.

Unfortunately, Liverpool are far from the only club with this idea. Nor is Barella the only target.

Chelsea want Achraf Hakimi

Inter have several top players in their title-winning squad. One of those is Achraf Hakimi and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly want him.

The Guardian says PSG have already made an opening offer, in fact. They’ve put £50m on the table, though Inter want closer to £70m.

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Chelsea also chase the wide player, though and the two of them competing will surely push the eventual figure closer to that £70m. Maybe PSG could have kept it low on their own. Competition from Chelsea allows Inter to drive the price up.

In doing so, they eliminate Inter’s desire to sell Barella. A desperate need for a lot of the cash was the only realistic way that they sold one of Europe’s best midfielders, after all.

But if they can get it all from PSG or Chelsea, they won’t have to sell Barella at all. Certainly not for a reasonable price. It’s a real shame but we just can’t see Liverpool working a deal for the Italian now.

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